Monday, 22 July 2013

Rustic farmhouse table legs...

Well this has taken forever. It didn't help that I got struck down with tonsillitis! I thought it was a wintry illness for children. How wrong I was. You can absolutely get it when you're 43 in the middle of a heatwave. I think it must have been the stress of the arduous table lightening process that got to me. That and a school trip to the woods. In an un-air conditioned coach. It surely was a disease just waiting to happen.

 Anyway, I have scraped myself out of my sick bed (Sick bed? Fat chance!) to bring you the latest in the ongoing saga of our dining table. I think this is part four.Yes I probably do need to get out more.

Here are the legs before...

  ...and after...

...up close...

I tried some 'actual colours' and some blended techniques and it just looked pants. (But I really did try.) This was light brown home made furniture paint (plaster of paris) and  just emulsion over that. I forgot to sugar soap (slaps wrist) but I got away with it and I'm happy with the result. It looks a bit beachy.

I read on someones blog first that they always do the legs or body of a piece before they do the wooden top. I don't get this. I always do the tops first. You never know exactly what colour it's going to be until it's done and then you can choose your paint accordingly. The creamy colour here is ON DECK by Wilkinsons which was a perfect colour to go with the top and covered nicely in one coat. I did the top coat of the legs with just 2 tester pots costing £1 each. Bargain! Those tester pots go a long way.

I think I've decide on a wall colour which is a bit more sophisticated than the Pale Powder F&B that's there. And cheaper.

The plumber is coming to take off the radiator this week to allow me to get all the painting done. Then the floors and skirting boards can go in. And won't that make a difference? I cannot wait to say goodbye to the black floor!

I still have a lot to do. You're going to be so fed up of my dining room before I'm done! Back soon with dining room lighting...

If you want to see how I got the top so pale check my previous posts.


  1. Nice legs! The table looks really good, well done you ♥

  2. Looks fantastic! Hope you're feeling better soon xx

  3. The table looks fantastic, a great transformation xx

  4. I love seeing your dining room updates! The table looks lovely :) So sorry you've been sick though- I really hope you feel better soon.
    P.S. I spent most of the time reading this post muttering "she is not 43....legs like that..pff...36...." x

    1. Thanks Katie, I'm feeling fine now. And compliments on my legs, table or otherwise, really help. :) x

  5. Oh dear, I hope you're feeling better - these school trips, they're a death trap, I tell ya!
    Nice legs, love! Good to know the dining room is coming together. xxx

    1. All better thanks Curtise. They are frought with danger. Still, if we didn't mis place any children or lose any limbs, it has to be regarded as a success. xxxx

  6. Hope you're feeling loads better and are ready to face the school hols happy and healthy! Love the colour of those legs. x

  7. Love your blog Emma Kate ...look forward to following it!

  8. Nice DIY job. Way to be awesome!

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